endless list of favorite characters → katniss everdeen, the hunger games
The bird, the pin, the song, the berries, the watch, the cracker, the dress that burst into flames. I am the mockingjay. The one that survived despite the Capitol’s plans. The symbol of the rebellion.
Artist comments from DA:
“It’s done! Haha. ‘Katnissah’ in action.
She’s a muslimah version of Katniss from Hunger Games.
It’s grey scale for now and the background is a quick draw.
The colored version won’t be here soon though Lots of details to go through.
Hope you guys like it!”
Naomi Watts was recently cast in the role of Four’s mother in the Divergent sequel, Insurgent. It’s no surprise to see a relatively big name in the role since YA adaptations have attracted some of the oddest names to their projects (Emma Thompson in Beautiful Creatures, anyone?) However, this one is a particular problem due to a continuing problem in Hollywood and the entertainment world at large.
Four is mixed race. That’s not fan-casting or race-bending, that’s straight from the author Veronica Roth’s mouth. He’s mixed race, although Roth goes to lengths to ensure us all that he looks white, thus ensuring diversity cookies are still earned while appeasing the prevailing whiteness of our society. Theo James, the actor who plays him in the film, is decidedly not mixed race. Roth, who had previously said “I really hate whitewashing… I really do. It’s VERY important to me that it not happen”, was delighted by James’s casting and remarkably silent on the elephant in the room. Of course, authors generally have very little control over such aspects of the adaptations since it’s an entirely different system, but for Roth to go from being so vocal to so complicit in the very practice she decried hurts more than a little.
#Weneeddiversebooks but we also need to STOP whitewashing the characters of color in film adaptations of diverse books.
Considering all the support the #Weneeddiversebooks campaign has gotten, it’s disappointing to see all those many allies go silent when the announcement went out about the whitewashing casting of Naomi Watts.
I guess it’s easier to support diversity when it doesn’t require you to do anything too uncomfortable, like admit a popular YA author is a silent accomplice to racism.
I’m sorry for not having posted regularly! If anyone has any suggestions of what you’d like posted, that’d be really helpful.